Sunday, June 21, 2009
I have just finished up my newest quilt. I typically don't create political statement quilts, but AQUA is having a show based on the theme Atrocities: Women and War. I love this group, as it pushes me to work outside my comfort zone and discover new things.
I am intrigued with the history of the lachrymatory. These are small, narrow-necked vases found in ancient Roman tombs, thought to have been used to catch and keep the tears of bereaved friends. They are still used in present day.
I envisioned tear bottles overflowing and decided to create a quilt based on this idea.
Lachrymatories overflow with tears of sorrow and despair. Tears of war. Women being brutalized, raped and denied any sense of worth. Losing children to land mines and terror. When will the madness stop? Legend has it that when the tears evaporate, the mourning process is complete. Will the tears ever evaporate, or will the bottles continue to collect tears of war? Tears overflowing………enough tears to flood the universe with an ocean of peace.